Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DAR AL HARB/ISLAM: THE UMMAH DEMANDS THE PROSECUTION OF GEERT WILDERS FOR HIS FILM FITNA



Muslim countries demand prosecution of Dutch anti-Qur'an filmmaker

GENEVA — Islamic countries used a meeting of the United Nations' top human rights body Tuesday to demand the prosecution of a Dutch politician whose anti-Qur'an movie has sparked Muslim protests.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and other members of the UN Human Rights Council said the Netherlands should adopt laws against religious defamation.

"We recommend to the government of the Netherlands that it must ... initiate prosecution against the author" of the movie "Fitna," Pakistan's representative Masood Khan told the 47-member council.

The anti-Quran film by right-wing legislator Geert Wilders triggered street protests in Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia, and calls in other countries to boycott Dutch goods, when it was posted on a website last month.

In his film, Wilders couples verses from the Qur'an with images of the terrorist attacks on New York, Madrid and elsewhere, and shows footage of imams saying Islam should dominate the world.

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